NEW YORK, NY – Ms. Foundation President and CEO Teresa C. Younger issued the following statement following West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s second veto of House Bill 2568, legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy:
“We applaud the efforts of Ms. Foundation grantee West Virginia FREE and all of the advocates for women’s health and reproductive justice who encouraged Gov. Tomlin to veto House Bill 2568 the abortion ban passed by the West Virginia Legislature.
“While there may not have been enough evidence to prosecute the officer who killed Michael Brown, there is more than enough proof that the Ferguson Police Department and criminal justice system are broken. The lack of diversity within leadership and throughout the ranks has created a system-wide prejudice and injustice. We demand that state and federal authorities take immediate action to protect the civil rights and lives of all people in Ferguson
“Abortion bans attack women’s health and rights. Women of color and low-wage, immigrant and rural women disproportionately bear the burden of reproductive health restrictions and this ban is no exception. We stand with West Virginia women and call on the Legislature to follow the governor’s leadership by allowing his veto to stand.”
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